Organic produce is not in my grocery basket, but for those who do seek it out, this article by Henry I. Miller (a physician, the Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and the founding director of the Office of Biotechnology at the FDA) and Drew L. Kershen is an eye-opener.
Interestingly, organic certification is process-based, and agents only "attest to the ability of organic operations to follow a set of production standards and practices which meet the requirements of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 and the [National Organic Program] regulations" (source USDA). The key phrase here is 'attest to the ability. . .to follow a set of standards and practices". Not whether the standards and practices ARE followed, just that the producer has the ability to follow them. Follow-up or field testing? Forget it. You're not getting what you think you paid for, folks. And you're getting a lot more than you think you are.
His closing paragraph sums it up nicely: "Organic agriculture is an unscientific, heavily subsidized marketing gimmick that misleads and rips off consumers, both because of the nature of the regulations and cheating. The old saying that you get what you pay for doesn’t apply when you buy overpriced organic products."
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